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. they were killed at or around the u.s. consulate in benghazi. this is the eastern side of libya. this happened overnight. stevens was a career diplomat. spent several stints in libya. the type of dedicate the american diplomat we come across all the time in that region. secretary clint said he was committed to america's values and interests. this was all about attack on the consulate by islamists protesting the film made in the united states critical of the muslim prophet mohammed. getting a lot of play on the internet. consulate burned down the vehicles perhaps the one in which the ambassador and other americans were hit by rockets. we heard from the leadership of the libyan government. they say they are sorry that they are looking for those responsible. one group being now thought as a possible suspect with allegiances to al qaeda but there are a lot of militant groups as we can tell you from our experience on the ground in libya in post-qaddafi era. bill: what can we report about what is happening in the region today, greg? >> reporter: seems like the chronology, bill, this w
states. at the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya's second largest city, at least one american staff member was killed after gunmen stormed the compound and burned it down. we've got some amateur video here into nbc news from the scene. if you listen, you can hear gunshots going off in the background. witnesses say the attackers were armed with automatic rifles, rpgs. libyan forces stationed there said to have little to stop the violence. >>> in neighboring cairo, angry protesters scaled the fortified walls of the u.s. embassy, destroyed the american flag and replaced it with a black islamic banner. most of the u.s. diplomatic staff had already been evacuated in anticipation of this protest. both incidents reportedly are reaction to a little-known amateur movie produced in the united states which ridiculed the prophet mohammed. it gained attention because an obscure florida pastor began promoting it, the same man who triggered deadly riots in afghanistan when he threatened to burn the koran. we want to go straight to cairo where we find nbc chief foreign correspondent, richard engel.
in benghazi that was attacked a couple of months. and we knew there was a heightened level of security. >> gretchen: according to senior diplomat sources the u.s. state department had information 48 hoirs before the mobs charged that american missions may be targeted but no warnings were begin for the diplomats to go on high alert and lock down. aside from that congressman, now the safe house in benghazi is known obviously and there is reports that sensitive documents may be missing and libyans who were working with the americans to help them are outed. >> that poses's new set of problems and a breach much our embassy and consolate is serious. there is information that should be classified and state secrets because of the work we do as a diplomatic mission overseas. any information that gets out is sensitive and a loss. there are procedures in embassies and consulate when the wall is breachedcertain things are supposed to be done. there is a thorough review. did we lose information or is it clear yet today that we have lost something that jeopardized the life of libyans. >> the libyan
was there was no significant demonstration going on outside that consulate area in benghazi. so she is making it sound if the extremists who were heavily armed came in and joined a ongoing big demonstration that got whipped into a frenzy and led to this attack. >> right. well, obviously there's still a lot of facts to be learned. we don't know everything yet but there is one group of people who are not at all confused by what happened and those are the people who attacked consulate and killed four americans. they know what they planned and what they did. even worse than that, as tragic as this is, is the signal that it is sending to al qaeda and terrorists and extremists all around the region, which is, that we did not have adequate security for our ambassador to libya. we didn't have adequate security for our embassy in cairo on september the 11th. and that official americans and private americans are vulnerable. tunisia is a good example. when they couldn't really take over the embassy they storm ad school across the street. they couldn't get the hard target. so they went after a soft target. i thin
tonight," we're told that an official has been killed in benghazi. this after a day of violence at the diplomatic post. armed men set the american consulate on fire after a protest against an american-produced movie they say insultses the prophet muhammad. this hours after egyptian protesters scaled the walls at the embassy in cairo ander to do tore down the american flag. cnn's jomana occur afterno ancj the phone. and i want to start with jomana. what is the latest you heard from on the ground in benghazi? >> reporter: well, we're hearing very little from the u.s. embassy, but according to eyewitnesss, there is reports of libyan casualties as a result of these clashes. as a militant group tried to store the u.s. embassy. they succeeded and did storm the u.s. embassy. according to eyewitnesss, libyan security forces were engaged in heavy clashes with this armed group. a radical militant group based in eastern libya and fired rocket-propelled grenades at the u.s. consulate building. libyan army troops deployed. the road to the consulate blocked by military vehicles. now we have c
in the consulate in benghazi in eastern libya, there is a cross border aspect to this story that is making right now in tunis. and another aspect of the story tunisia, like other countries are being hard-hit by the united states to stop the radicalism we see here in wake of the arab spring. they told me they did not see the tunisia step between the protests of the islamist and protestors the other friday that did knowledge damage to the u.s. embassy, and its compound and a school nearby where about a hundred american kids were staying until about two hours before the protest. there with us a demand coming from the americans that the tunisia act against these radicals. and there was a taunt in that too. tunisia looking to america to fork over half a billion dollars in needed money over the next year to payoff loans in this economy. there is a bit of a taunt there too by the united states that, hey you come through there and then maybe we can come through with this. back to the breaking news, we'll get a hard confirm when we get our crew on the ground seeing this. about a thousand security surroun
of national intelligence now says the attack in benghazi was deliberate and organized. some of those involved, he says, were linked to groups affiliated with or sympathetic to al qaeda. it's a big change from the administration's original claim. >> what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo. >> reporter: now the republican chairman of the house homeland security committee says ambassador rice should step down. >> either she's intentionally misleading the american people and she should resign for that, or she's unqualified to be u.n. ambassador and she got the facts as wrong as she did and she should resign for that. >> reporter: but the white house's ambassador rice was simply offering the best information available at the time. pete williams, nbc washington. >>> prosecutors say before james holmes went on that deadly shooting rampage in a colorado movie theater, he had been barred from the university of colorado for threatening a professor. court documents are raising questions about why campus police did not rep
mission in benghazi today. our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. but let me be clear there is never any justification for violent attacks of this kind pf clinton's statement does not sympathize. anybody that tells you it did is lying. if you believe it did, you are misguided. even a statement released earlier from the embassy in cairo did not sympathize or apologize, and instead of correcting course, the romney campaign doubled down. >> it's a terrible course for america to stand in an apologize. >> they even contacted us, the media, to make thier surrogates available to us and then proceeded to come on the air and blame the media and bash them for their own mistake. >> i gave you plenty of time and i asked you the question the first time, and then you went on and gave me three points. >> you are saying it could not wait, yes or no, it couldn't wait? >> that's a silly question. >> there are no silly questions, mr. ambassador. here is why. in an effort to politicize the attacks and deaths of an american diplomat and three other heroes, mr. r
administration handled this? we have learned at cnn that the u.s. consulate in benghazi did not meet standard u.s. consulate security requirements. this is obviously a rather damning thing to be discovering at this point, considering what ended up happening there. jon huntsman told me he thinks consulates there who are not beefed up on security, shouldn't the administration be responding to that? >> i think the administration is responding to it. the state department goes to regular security procedures all over the world and updates them to take into account how the situation on the ground changes. i spent a lot of time in iraq and as we were transitioning from our military presence there to the state department presence there, we looked very closely at the security procedures at our con sue lates and embassies. so i expect in the aftermath of these incidents, there will be another review and steps will be taken to improve security where needed. >> let's talk about libya and the mixed messages. it still seems confusing to me. on the 16th of september, our ambassador called the attacks spontaneo
who was killed at the u.s. embassy in benghazi. he said his killers are going to be brought to justice. on the subject of iran the president said the u.s. will try diplomacy to solve the conflict between iran's nuclear ambitions but he says time is not unlimited. he said the u.s. will do whatever it must to prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon. on sir yashs the president very blunt. he said the u.s. will keep up the pressure but one way or another the assad regime must go. >> i know there are some who said why don't we just ban such a video? the answer is enshrined in our laws. our constitution protechs the right to practice free speech. here in the united states countless publications provoke offense. like me the majority of americans are christian and yet we do not ban blasphemy against our most sacred beliefs. >> the president is one of 36 world leaders speaking today. tomorrow, mahmoud ahmadinejad returns to the united nations it. will be his last appearance as iran's president. back to you. lori: thanks for that. david lee miller from fox news. melissa: coming up tonight on
the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi an act of terrorism? >> i have no doubt about that, and it's a preplanned act of terrorism directed at the american citizens. >> what is your evidence that it was a preplanned act of terrorism? >> number one is choosing the date. 11th of september has all the significance. if we take the facts about the way it was executed, you can see there's enough proof that it is a preplanned act of terrorism. >> describe the attack based on your investigation. >> it's too early for me to give the details about this, but it was launched with a high degree of accuracy which means that the perpetrators must have some kind of exercise on how to launch these rockets. >> you're confirming that rpg's were used in the initial attack. >> the attack. and mortars. >> mortars were used in the subsequent attack. >> subsequent, yes. >> and do you know how many mortars were used? >> about five, i think. >> and you're saying that these were fired with such accuracy -- >> yes. >> -- that this could not have been done with someone without experience? >> experience and kne
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